Millk cartons flood Ryan's office, as constituents call for path to citizenship, drivers card

Photo: Racine Journal Times

A group of more than 40 students and community members chanted "Education not deportation!" outside the Racine office of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, in a rally for immigration reform and rights for undocumented immigrant workers, including those working on Wisconsin's dairy farms.

"We're called the dairy state for a reason and we want to show how important immigrants are," said Gabriel Coronado, a 17-year-old student at the rally.

Inside Ryan's office, students like Gabriel gave statements to members of Ryan's local staff and left about 600 milk cartons each signed by of one of Ryan's constituents to show support for comprehensive immigration reform, including a state law enabling undocumented workers to get a "drivers card" that would enable them to get to work, and federal legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented workers already in the state.

Immigrant workers make up more than 40 percent of Wisconsin's dairy employees. Of those immigrant workers about half, or roughly 2,700 people, are undocumented, according to a 2009 study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Original article from the Racine Journal Times here...